Mount Prospect Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Nursing home abuse can include physical, sexual, financial and psychological abuse. Also, neglect may be considered nursing home abuse. There are many signs to look for if you think that you, your family member or friend are being abused.
Physical abuse is a condition or event that causes physical harm. It can include hitting, punching, kicking, pinching and other incidents that cause physical harm. Lack of physical care and excess use of restraints may be considered physical abuse.
The signs of physical abuse may include unexplained injuries, recurring injuries and physical signs of restraint such as bruises and abrasions, malnutrition, dehydration and sudden weight loss. If the medical staff refuses to allow the patient to spend time alone with their family, that may be a sign of physical abuse.
Sexual abuse is considered as unwanted touching, sexual assault and battery, rape, sexual photography and forced nudity of an elder, who because of a mental illness, physical illness or dementia, is unable to communicate consent or their disapproval.
The signs of sexual abuse may include unexplained sexual transmitted diseases and infections, depression, withdrawal, increased difficulty walking or sitting, anxiety or a lot of fear around their caregiver, agitation and an abrupt change in mood.
Financial abuse occurs when a caregiver steals, compromises or takes advantage of their status to gain more access to a patient’s financial records. Financial abuse may include direct theft, bank account fraud or applying for credit using the patient’s personal information.
The signs of financial abuse may include unexplained withdrawals, changes to the patient’s financial documents, lack of medical devices, missing cards, unusual charges, fraudulent signatures and living conditions below the patient’s financial means.
Neglect can include medical, basic needs, personal hygiene and social or emotional.
- Medical neglect occurs when the nursing home fails to prevent or respond in a timely manner to medical concerns that the resident has.
- Neglect of basic needs occurs when the nursing home fails to provide the resident with an adequate amount of water or food or fails to provide a clean and safe environment.
- Neglect of personal hygiene occurs when the nursing home fails to provide adequate assistance with bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning, laundry and other hygiene practices.
- Social or emotional neglect occurs when the staff at the nursing home consistently ignore the resident or when they’re yelled at by staff.
The signs of neglect may include sudden weight loss, malnutrition, frequent infections, falls, dehydration, withdrawn behavior, changes in appearance or personal hygiene and environmental hazards. The hazards may include inadequate lighting, slippery floors, unsafe furniture and unsafe wheelchairs or walkers.
What Family Members Can Do About It
If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, you should report it immediately to the police. If possible, you should take pictures of any signs of injuries such as bruises, welts, cuts and burns. After you take pictures, you should report it to the nursing home officials, preferably an administrator. Once you report it to them, they should protect your abused family member. After you file a complaint, you should continue to communicate with them. Be sure to contact an experienced attorney.
How an Attorney Can Help
There are many ways an attorney can help. If the nursing home’s insurance company has been contacted and they’re involved in the case, an attorney will ensure that they treat you fairly, and if they aren’t willing to treat you fairly, a lawsuit may be filed against them. An attorney will be able to handle the legal matters of the case while you help with your loved one’s recovery.
The first meeting you have with an attorney should be free, and you should still contact an attorney even if your loved one passed away.